Discovered: One of the Oldest Stars in the Galaxy

In a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, a team of Spanish astronomers announced the discovery of one of the first stars to form in the Milky Way. The unevolved star, called J0815+4729, is located 7,500 light-years away in the halo of the Milky Way and likely formed just 300 million years after the Big Bang, some 13.5 billion years ago.

“We know of only a few stars (which can be counted on the fingers of a hand) of this type in the halo [of the Milky Way], where the

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